Christmas: still good news

By December 13, 2017 Blog

The radio’s playing Christmas carols.  But perhaps you’re not feeling it. Less comfort and joy; more tired and fed-up. Less ho-ho-ho, more low, low, low. Christmas can be hard.  If you’re depressed; or anxious; or alone.  If you’ve got money problems; or don’t have work. If you’re alone; or with folks you don’t get on with. If you’re not where you want to be.  Or maybe you are – but inside you feel dark. Switch on the television. Celebrities tell us …Read More

Meet The Nativity

By November 23, 2017 Blog

Launching on Monday… Glen’s latest video-venture. Like on Facebook to be the first to watch!   Share…

Happy Christmas

By December 21, 2016 Blog

    What wonderful news.  So happy Christmas –  and thanks so much for reading this year. Share…

Christmas Tactics

By December 18, 2015 Blog

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But if it’s not – 1. Get some quality time in with the Lord. I say this, because it’s an area where I struggle. And it’s His birthday. 2. Have an escape plan. If there’s an event coming and you really can’t face it, work out an excuse for leaving early and your route home. 3. Delegate. Sometimes people like to feel involved. (Sometimes they don’t, but that’s just too bad). 4. Ban …Read More

Glen’s Christmas Video

By December 2, 2015 Blog

This ROCKS. I’m biased.  But it does! Share…

Bloody Nativity

By December 24, 2014 Blog

This time 2000-odd years ago, where were Mary and Joseph? Nesting, I’m sure. Clearing a space for their newborn between the animals and the filthy hay. Getting the manger just so. Top quality straw from Mothercare.  Harrod’s finest flock. Or perhaps they were still on the road, looking forward to a nice warm inn and a cup of tea. ‘Not long now, sweetheart – hang in there. Nice Travel lodge, just around the corner, I can feel it…’ The truth is, they didn’t follow …Read More

True Story

By December 14, 2014 Blog

Dad and I are chatting about the new Lord of the Rings film. “Load of old nonsense” he says. “Hobbits. Elves.  Talking trees. Fairy tales for kids.” “Dad,” I say. “You love it! You’ve got Game on Thrones on box set. That’s hardly real life either.” He snorts.  “Yes. But I don’t really believe it.  Some people believe it.” The conversation turned to orcs and banana bread, before I had the chance to respond. But thinking it through, I don’t agree. I think …Read More

Christmas in the Valley

By December 10, 2014 Blog

Christmas is the time to be merry. Count your blessings. Sing carols, eat pies and banish darkness. But what if you’re not feeling it?  What if you’re depressed?  Or lonely? Overwhelmed by the prospect of another week, let alone year? What if you’re grieving the loss of a loved one or coming to terms with sickness? Dreading the prospect of time with family? Or far from those you long to have near? What does Christmas say to these people?  What does Christmas …Read More

Diamonds that Deliver

By December 7, 2014 Blog

Waddling through the shops, I’m struck by the different kinds of happiness that are being sold. the ideal relationship (jewellers, perfumers. Now think how half of all UK women feel who are single, having never married) body beautiful (sports shops, health foods, the scary witches ladies in Boots who try to make you buy potions serum) family bliss (pretty much everywhere. We don’t, for example, see ads of happy singles chowing down on champers and opening the jewellery they quite rightly …Read More

Stocking Fillers

By December 4, 2014 Blog

Right.  Forget the Tiffany diamonds, the motion-sensor watches and the Transformer’s Chomp and Stomp Grimlock (google it).  Here’s what I’d actually like in my stocking; a godliness app to make me do my quiet times, explain the hard bits, and make jokes when I’m stuck in 2 Chronicles a humour app for when the cats chew through the phone cables,  untangling tree lights, burnt turkey and translating Glen’s puns, (or – even better, writing new ones for him) a fridge app to conjure delicious meals from what’s actually …Read More